Roxy Soundcheck: Spotlight on T. Nava

This week at Roxy Bar located in the Roxy Hotel New York, we’re proud to feature the acclaimed keyboardist and producer Ron Jerome Avant, best known professionally as T. Nava.

 

A member of Anderson.Paak’s Grammy-nominated R&B/Soul band, The Free Nationals, he lends his talents to synthesizers, vocals and Talkbox.

 

Get to know more about T. Nava on Instagram at @Tnavamusic and watch him live here.

 

Make sure to stay-tuned each Thursday for a new installment of the Roxy Soundcheck!

 

Musically Yours,

The Roxy Bar Team

NAME: Ron “T. Nava” Avant

 

HOMETOWN: I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

MUSICAL TRAINING: From 7th through the 12th grade, I studied jazz and classical at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. After high school, I attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA from 2005-2007.

 

FIRST NYC GIGS: The very first gig I ever did in New York was back in 2009 with Tommy Hilfiger’s son Rich Hill. Since then I’ve passed through several times with different artists like Snoop Dogg, Willow Smith and Anderson.Paak.

 

MY MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Some of my musical influences are my Pops Ron Avant, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Smith, and Notorious B.I.G.

 

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW: Thundercat, Duckworth, Robert Glasper, George Duke, Stevie Wonder.

 

LATEST MUSICAL PROJECTS: I’m working on the Free Nationals’ sophomore album and a new T. Nava EP due out soon.

 

FAVORITE PLACE TO GO IN NYC: My favorite place to go in NYC is Empanada Mama.

 

IN 2022 I HOPE TO: finish my solo album as well as the Free Nationals’ album. I also plan on working with other producers and artists, and to go on tour again.

 

WHY I LOVE PERFORMING AT THE ROXY BAR: This will be my first performing at the Roxy Bar, but I’m looking forward to it. I love New York and I’m ready to have a great time!